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federation

 
Noun federation has 3 senses
  1. federation - an organization formed by merging several groups or parties
    --1 is a kind of
    organization, organisation
    --1 has particulars:
     American Federation of Labor, AFL; American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, AFL-CIO; Congress of Industrial Organizations, CIO
    Derived form: verb federate2
  2. confederation, confederacy, federation - a union of political organizations
    --2 is a kind of union
    --2 has particulars: nation; Creek Confederacy; Hanseatic League
    Derived form: verb federate2
  3. federation - the act of constituting a political unity out of a number of separate states or colonies or provinces so that each member retains the management of its internal affairs
    --3 is a kind of
    constitution, establishment, formation, organization, organisation
    Derived form: verb federate2
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